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FDA Medwatch Alert: Diphenoxylate Hydrochloride and Atropine Sulfate Tablets by Greenstone: Recall - Possible Sub Potent and Super Potent Tablets

Posted 18 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Greenstone, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., is voluntarily recalling multiple lots of diphenoxylate hydrochloride and atropine sulfate tablets, USP to the consumer level. Greenstone initiated this recall because product from these lots has the potential to be super potent or sub potent. Products were distributed nationwide to wholesalers/retailers from November 2016 through June 2017 in the United States. See the recall notice for affected lot numbers. The use of this product in patients with uncontrolled diarrhea due to chronic medical conditions may predispose the patient to toxicity from either the diphenoxylate or atropine components. The product label states that over dosage can be life-threatening and symptoms may include opioid and/or anticholinergic effects including respiratory depression, coma, delirium, lethargy, dryness of the skin and mucous membranes, ... Read more

Related support groups: Diarrhea, Lomotil, Diarrhea, Chronic, Diarrhea, Acute, Atropine/Diphenoxylate, Lonox, Lomocot, Logen, Lomanate, Vi-Atro

Puppy Poop Infection Tally Rises to 67 People in 15 States

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – An outbreak of a potentially deadly bacteria linked to contaminated puppy poop has spread to 15 states, a new federal report shows. These multidrug-resistant Campylobacter infections have now sickened 67 people. In the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency said cases rose from 39 in mid-September to 67 reported by Oct. 30. Ninety-three percent of these infections have been connected to puppies sold at Petland stores. "Evidence suggests that puppies sold through Petland are a likely source of this outbreak," the CDC said in a news release issued in September. "Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak." Of the 62 patients for whom there was available information, 17 (27 percent) have been hospitalized, the CDC said in an Oct. 30 news release. Campylobacter ... Read more

Related support groups: Diarrhea, Imodium, Lomotil, Loperamide, Diarrhea, Acute, Imodium A-D, Anti-Diarrheal, Infectious Diarrhea, Atropine/Diphenoxylate, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Lonox, Kaopectate Caplet, Neo-Diaral, Lomocot, Kaopectate II, Diar-Aid, Loperamide/Simethicone, Vi-Atro, Kao-Paverin, Lomanate

Health Tip: Taking an Antidiarrheal Drug?

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- An over-the-counter antidiarrheal drug can help clear a bout of diarrhea, but it's important to take the medication properly. The Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Following the label's instructions on how often to take the medication, and how much to take. Calling your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or are taking other medications. Taking no more than the suggested maximum. More medication does not work more effectively or quickly. Using only one antidiarrheal medication at a time, unless directed by your doctor. Read more

Related support groups: Diarrhea, Imodium, Lomotil, Diarrhea, Chronic, Loperamide, Diarrhea, Acute, Imodium A-D, Anti-Diarrheal, Atropine/Diphenoxylate, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Infectious Diarrhea, Lonox, Kaopectate Caplet, Salmonella Gastroenteritis, Lomocot, Neo-Diaral, Diar-Aid, Kaopectate II, Vi-Atro, Kao-Paverin

Certain Meds, Driving Can Be Deadly Mix: FDA

Posted 7 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 – Thinking about taking a drive after popping some over-the-counter medications? Better check the label first, warn experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency cautions that some common nonprescription medicines can impair your ability to drive and operate other vehicles and machinery safely. Some of the most common of these drugs include certain types of nonprescription antihistamines, anti-diarrheals, and anti-nausea medications, according to the FDA. "You can feel the effects some over-the-counter medicines can have on your driving for a short time after you take them, or their effects can last for several hours," Dr. Ali Mohamadi, a medical officer at the FDA, said in an agency news release. "In some cases, a medicine can cause significant 'hangover-like' effects and affect your driving even the next day." And if you haven't had enough ... Read more

Related support groups: Benadryl, Hydroxyzine, Zyrtec, Promethazine, Claritin, Loratadine, Diphenhydramine, Allegra, Phenergan, Meclizine, Vistaril, Cetirizine, Cyproheptadine, Atarax, Imodium, Dramamine, Fexofenadine, Xyzal, Pepto-Bismol, Lomotil

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